Disneyland Resort Photo Report for July 2, 2012.
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Although SoCal Annual Passholders are now blocked out for the summer, crowd levels will still be high this week due to an influx of tourists. TouringPlans.com can help you navigate the parks with our per-park Crowd CalendarLines – Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now more than ever, it’s a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

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Day
Resort Crowd Prediction
Tues, July 3, 2012
10 out of 10
Weds, July 4, 2012
10 out of 10
Thurs, July 5, 2012
10 out of 10
Fri, July 6, 2012
10 out of 10

Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you’ll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week:

  • Southern California Annual Passports are now blocked out through August 19.
  • Full blockouts on Independence Day.
  • Waits at the FASTPASS machines for Radiator Springs Racers (located near It’s Tough to Be a Bug) have been as long as 45 minutes at official park opening.
  • Due to its incredibly low capacity, consider riding Luigi’s Flying Tires standby right after starting your day by grabbing a FASTPASS for Radiator Springs Racers.

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New Disney California Adventure Banners have been placed in the Disneyland Resort Esplanade

Disney California Adventure Esplanade Banners

Disney California Adventure Esplanade Banners

Buena Vista Street for America’s Independence Day

The newly opened Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure park has been decorated for America’s Independence Day Holiday.  The bunting is subtle and tasteful to the time period and reflects a similar style to Disneyland’s Main Street USA.

Buena Vista Street Patriotic Decorations

Buena Vista Street Patriotic Decorations

Buena Vista Street Patriotic Decorations

Buena Vista Street Patriotic Decorations

Buena Vista Street Patriotic Decorations

Buena Vista Street Patriotic Decorations

Buena Vista Street Patriotic Decorations

If Disney treats Buena Vista Street the same as Main Street USA, these decorations should remain in place through the Labor Day Holiday in September.

Buena Vista Street Patriotic Decorations

Buena Vista Street Cold Storage

Clarabelle's Hand Scooped Ice Cream Sign - Buena Vista Street

Red Car News Boys Mickey - Buena Vista Street

Cars Land Wait Times

The wait times in Cars Land continue to be very long, although by the end of the week they had tapered off a bit in thanks to SoCal AP blackouts.  But event “tapered off” ment a 2 hour wait for Radiator Springs Racers.

Radiator Springs Racers sign - Cars Land

Radiator Springs Racers sign - Cars Land

Luigi’s Flying Tires has to have the most deceiving line in the entire resort.  The line looks to be very short, but stays above the 60 minute mark.  The slow loading/ unloading time is to blame for this.

Luigi's Flying Tires - Cars Land

Of all three attractions in Cars Land, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is now maintaing short waits.  This photo was taken on Thursday which shows a 30 minute wait time.  This past Saturday night I observed a 15 minute wait time.

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree Wait Time - Cars Land

Instant Concert…Just Add Water

It seems you can’t walk through Disney California Adventure these days without coming across not just one, but a few “street shows”.  One of the short, atmosphere, shows added during the relaunch was “Instant Concert…Just Add Water”.

The show is a live version of a Goofy “How To” in which Mystro Goofy directs the World of Color fountains to musical scores all the while narrated by a familiar voice.

Instant Concert…Just Add Water - Disney California Adventure

Instant Concert…Just Add Water - Disney California Adventure

Here is a video of “Instant Concert…Just Add Water”

This show is a great addition to the line up at California Adventure and although short, adds to the type of atmosphere this park has lacked since it’s opening.

Another small performance which poped up this past week is “Happy Camper”, performed across from Grizzly River Run, where Miner 49’ers use to play.  Simple enough, and personal with guests.

Happy Camper - Disney California Adventure

Dancin’ With Disney

The typically empty Stage 17 building in Hollywood Land is being used for a youngster dance party of sorts.

Dancin' With Disney - Disney California Adventure

Dancin' With Disney - Disney California Adventure

Dancin' With Disney - Disney California Adventure

This sign has Disney lawyers written all over it.

Dancin' With Disney - Disney California Adventure

It is a basic setup involving a DJ playing kid friendly Disney pop songs, complete with lights and video screens.

The dance party runs from 1pm – 5pm each day.

Dancin' With Disney - Disney California Adventure

2012 Disneyland All-American College Band

2012 Disneyland All-American College Band

Meet the 2012 Disneyland All-American College Band

From: Disneyland Live

One of the most treasured summer traditions at Disneyland is the annual return of the All-American College Band. The band is made up of 21 college students from across the country, hand picked and directed by Dr. Ron McCurdy, a professor at the USC Thornton School of Music. Returning to Disneyland each summer since 1971, the students take part in the three month internship which includes performances inside Disneyland park as well as instruction in music theory.

The Disneyland All-American College Band plays music inspired by Disney movies and theme park attractions. But what makes their performances even more special and entertaining is their interpretation of the music, mixing several styles and even scores together so flawlessly that it creates a challenge to point out some of the tunes, even if they sound familiar. The Disneyland All-American College Band also keeps the crowd entertained with physical performances of scenes from their musical inspirations, all without missing a beat!

2012 Disneyland All-American College Band

Below is a video of their 2012 performance of a Disney Movie Melody.

Below is a video of their 2012 performance of a Disneyland Attraction Melody.

If you are planning to visit Disneyland this summer, you should definitely carve out time to see the All-American College Band’s 30 minute performance in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. The two videos above are only a taste of what their entire performance is made up of. I also highly recommend a visit to the Main Street Opera House to listen to the Voices of Liberty.

2012 Disneyland All-American College Band

July 4th, Independence Day at the Disneyland Resort

We have entered into Independence Day week and there are special entertainment offerings in both parks now through July 4th.

Celebrating America’s Independence Day at the Disneyland Resort

From: DisneylandLive

The Disneyland Resort has announced the schedule for the 2012 Independence Day, July 4th holiday weekend. Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park will be joining in the patriotic celebration this year on the evenings of July 1st – 4th.

At Disney California Adventure, a patriotic spectacular will bring Paradise Pier to life just prior to each World of Color showing. Last year, in 2011, a four-in-a-half minute patriotic “pre-show” occurred using fountains, music, projections of icons such as Mount Rushmore and the Lincoln Memorial on water screens and low level fireworks. Each night a World of Color performance is scheduled for 9pm and 10:15pm. Make sure to obtain your FastPass show tickets at the Grizzly River Run FastPass Distribution location during the day.

Across the way at Disneyland, the traditional “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will show each night at 9:30pm. This is a traditional showing of large, high altitude fireworks set to Disney and Patriotic music. Disneyland’s Hub and Main Street fill up early as this firework show is very popular. Disneyland will also play host to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band on July 4, 2012, and will perform in several locations through the day. At 5:10pm, they will honor America by playing at the Flag Retreat Ceremony in Town Square. At 6:15pm, the Marine Band will march ahead of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade and at 7:15pm, they will perform a concert of patriotic favorites and Disney medleys at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

Even though they will be around all summer, I highly recommend a visit to the Main Street Opera House to see Voices with Liberty.

Voices of Libery - Disneyland

Video: The Voices of Liberty Make Their West Coast Debut

From: DisneylandLive

In a tradition that dates back several decades at Walt Disney World, the amazing 8-part a cappella group, the Voices of Liberty, have debuted at Disneyland.  Singing American classic songs, they will truly amaze you with their tallent and fill you with patriotism.

They start out singing outside of the Main Street Opera House, and invite guests into the theater to listent to their full set followed by a showing of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.  It is an amazing performance, and a true complement to the time honored tribute to Walt Disney’s favorite President.  I hope to see them around much longer than just this summer.

Voices of Liberty - Disneyland

Disney California Adventure Entrance

Glow with the Show

Glow with the Show Lights up the Audience During World of Color at Disney California Adventure

From: Disneyland Live

This past week, Disney held a series of Annual Passholder events for the new Glow with the Show enhancement to World of Color.

Using RIFD technology, the new Mickey Mouse ear hats make for a very entertaining twist to the popular water, projection and light show at Disney California Adventure park.  The ears of the hats cycle color in unison to the show, creating effects such as sparkles and waves through the audience during the World of Color performance.  It is amazing to see this new aspect to the show, and it is an impressive use of this technology.  The lights are activated during certain parts of the show, not to distract, but to enhance scenes such as the opening and closing scores and the Genie’s “Friends Like Me” scene.

We have also been told that the Mickey Ear Hats will interact with other areas of Disney California Adventure park.  For instance, the hats will coordinate colors to stage lighting at the Mad T Party when the White Rabbit DJ is performing.  The hats will also interact with areas of Cars Land, the blinking light for instance.

Although the World of Color aspect is impressive, it is contingent on thousands of guests purchasing and wearing their new light-up Mickey Ear hats.  The ear hats were distributed free of charge to the media during the June 14th event as well as to Annual Passholders who attended the previews, this ensured that every guest had a pair of illuminated ears. As a result the special effect was impressive as thousands of heads were choreographed to the music.  However, I have seen World of Color since the “Glow with the Show” ears were introduced and it is far less impressive.  Instead of a sense of motion and choreographed light, you just see randomly lit ears dispersed across Paradise Park.  This can actually prove to be a distraction as opposed to an enhancement.  It is apparent that this is why Disney handed out thousands of free hats to Annual Passholders and played a recording after the preview which thanked them for attending and reminded them to return with their new hats.

Similar to how the 3D attractions work at the Disneyland Resort, I would love to see Disney provide guests who don’t wish to purchase the ear hats with a pair of ears on a headband which can be returned to receptacles following each show.  This will help promote the sale of the souvenir hats while preserving the awe of ‘Glow with the Show’

The hats sell for $25 plus tax at Disney at various locations through Disney California Adventure park

World of Color, Glow with the Show Annual Passholder Event - Disney California Adventure

World of Color, Glow with the Show Annual Passholder Event - Disney California Adventure

World of Color, Glow with the Show Annual Passholder Event - Disney California Adventure

World of Color, Glow with the Show Annual Passholder Event - Disney California Adventure

World of Color, Glow with the Show Annual Passholder Event - Disney California Adventure

World of Color, Glow with the Show Annual Passholder Event - Disney California Adventure

World of Color, Glow with the Show Annual Passholder Event - Disney California Adventure

Here is a video montage of some of the most impressive scenes from the World of Color and ‘Glow with the Show’.

Around the Resort

 A few weeks ago we reported that the companion restroom at Aladdin’s Oasis reopened to accomodate guests while the Carnation Plaza Gardens / Fantasy Faire remained under construction.  This week, Disney has opened the entire area, providing guests with a quite and shaded area to enjoy a break or a meal from a nearby eatery.

Aladdin's Oasis - Disneyland

Aladdin's Oasis - Disneyland

Aladdin's Oasis - Disneyland

Aladdin's Oasis - Disneyland

An Aladdin and Jasmine meet and greet takes place inside.  This is a great location to get a photo and autograph from these characters, the waits are very short, and it is apparent most guests don’t realize they are back there!

Aladdin's Oasis - Disneyland

Partners - DIsneyland

Construction progress on the Princess Fantasy Faire

Princess Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Princess Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

Princess Fantasy Faire Construction - Disneyland

The short lived, Dulce Aventura Candy Shop on Pacific Warf has closed.  California Adventure now has a fully operational candy shop on Buena Vista Street.

Dulce Aventura Candy Shop Closed - Disney California Adventure

Before We Go…

An amazing collection of Disney History will be put on display by D23 for the next 9 months at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA.

I had the amazing opportunity to attend the media preview of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives this past weekend and I must say that it is a must for any Disney fan. On display are artifacts from the theme parks and movies, but the most amazing displays (to me at least) are the early Disney history pieces. Walt’s telegrams to Roy during issues with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, The first ticket to Disneyland, Walt’s own Disneyland name tag, Walt Disney hand drawings and so much more. I will be posting a few articles in the coming week detailing the exhibit!

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives - Entrance

That’s going to do it for this week’s update. You can see the past updates here.

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